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The Southeast Produce Council has long been a supporter of both the Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project (RAMP) and the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). Annually, SEPC coordinates fresh produce donations through both organizations to help feed needy families in rural Appalachia.

SEPC announced this week that donations totaling more than 120,000 pounds — 60 tons — had been provided to help in June.

RAMP strives to improve the well-being of impoverished children and families in Martin County, KY. Through community outreach and hunger relief programs, their goal of empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty is continually becoming for reachable.

SoSA helped with logistics to get this year’s donations where they needed to go.

Generous donations came from a variety of companies:

Company Donation Product Donated Amount
Crystal Valley Sugar Snap Peas 1 Pallet/1,260lbs
Edmondson Farms Sweet Potatoes 5 Pallets/8,000lbs
J & J Farms Peppers, Acorn Squash, Spaghetti Squash, and Eggplants 5 Pallets/9,296lbs
L & M Red Peppers, Jalapenos, and Cucumbers 3 Pallets/4,700lbs
Mack Farms Potatoes/Onions 9,150lbs
Shuman Produce Onions 2 Pallets/4,200lbs
Nickey Gregory Personal Watermelons 100 Cases/3,500lbs
National Produce Consultants Freight Cost Donation $100
Wayne E. Bailey Co. Sweet Potatoes Full Truck/40,106lbs

 

There are over 46.2 million Americans in poverty, a statistic that informed RAMP’s vision to serve impoverished people here in the U.S. The non-profit business model provides a hand-up, not a hand-out.

Volunteers ready to bag sweet potatoes

The families who receive assistance from RAMP work for the organization in return and contribute to their communities. The aim is to facilitate sustainable change in one of the most impoverished rural regions in America.

“It is such a blessing to us to be able to coordinate these donations on behalf of our generous members companies,” said SEPC President and CEO David Sherrod. “We are so fortunate to have such wonderful companies in the SEPC family that exemplify the spirit of kindness to those in need. We also appreciate the endless efforts of Society of St. Andrew to help end hunger in our country.”

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